Barrack Museum takes you back to the beginning time of Australia. It is one of the most significant convict sites in the world, built between 1817-1819, this UNESCO World Heritage listed site was a crossroads for tens of thousands of people, it played a central role in the world’s largest and longest-running system of convict transportation.
More than 50,000 convicts passed through its gates from 1819 to 1845. From 1848 to 1886, it was an Immigration Depot and Asylum and 1887 to 1979, it become the Courts and Office. In 1984, the Barracks opened as a museum. This is a definite must see when in Sydney.
It is the place to learn about the arrival of the prisoners who constituted the First Fleets from England. Convict architect Francis Greenway designed the building in the 19th century to house inmates. Today, the square Georgian structure is a museum displaying the barrack’s history.
I’m in love with this museum by its limewashed brick at the first glance. It is like time machine, bring you back to old days. Later, the reason makes me stay longer is this unique cafeteria, located at the entrance of the museum.
It also offer Campos coffee too. A lot of the bloggers claimed that it is the best coffee in town. I tried and i have to admit that it is good in taste with it’s unique aroma.
Hyde Park Barrack’s Museum was centrally located, easy to find and it is beautifully restored. This museum is just across Hyde Park, Sydney.
ps: I just stroll around the building, not visited to the museum. If you like the history, you can buy Sydney Museum Pass, 1 month validity, allows entry to 12 museum, including Barracks Museum, the Museum of Sydney, Justice & Police Museum and Susannah Place Museum. You can refer to https://sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/sydney-museums-pass for more information.